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Smashing Pumpkins Live at First Avenue on 1993-10-05

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Smashing Pumpkins Live at First Avenue on 1993-10-05


Publication date 1993-10-05 (check for other copies)
Collection SmashingPumpkins
Band/Artist Smashing Pumpkins
Disc 1:
01 (Intro)
02 Rocket
03 Quiet
04 Today
05 Disarm
06 > I Am One
07 Spaceboy
08 Geek U.S.A.
09 Hummer
10 Soma
11 Siva
12 Cherub Rock
13 (Encore Break #1)
14 [Fade Out]

Disc 2:
01 [Fade In]
02 Starla
03 Pissant
04 (Encore Break #2)
05 (Improv)
06 Silverfuck > When You Wish Upon a Star [Washington/Harline] (tease) > Over the Rainbow [Harburg/Arlen] (tease)
07 > Sweet Sweet

Notes

To seamlessly join the two discs, simply remove D1T14 and D2T01.

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Reviewer: tapedatshow - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 29, 2011
Subject: Good sound, Intimate show, Rough vocals
The second gig of the US Siamese Dream tour. With this tour, the band began standardizing their setlists, and added some theatrics to the show. As can be heard on this recording, the band now have sound samples playing between (and even during) songs in the set. The samples include random clips from TV shows, game shows, cartoons, movies, and classical music, all processed with either a harmonizer or tremolo effect.

As for the performace, it's only the second show, and already Corgan's vocals are wrecked. The first few songs feature some rough notes. Disarm in particular is a tough listen. With this US tour, Billy would end up screaming many of the lyrics to the new songs. As opposed to the delivery of songs in the August and September shows, which were more faithful to the album, these US shows show Billy focusing less and less on the the whisper and shouting vocal style he used on the record, in favor of a screaming style of singing. Songs like "Rocket" end up being screamed out, as opposed to sung, and the heavier songs get even more of a screamed delivery.

As for the set, again Billy's vocals are an issue with a few of the songs, mostly affecting the quieter songs. In addition to Disarm, Spaceboy has some struggles as well. Apart from Billy's vocals, the set is well played. The vocals do improve as the set goes on. The band play Pissant, as well as Starla in the first encore. Both of these songs would get very few airings throughout the rest of the tour, so this is a definite highlight here. Even with the vocal wear early in the set, this is actually a very intimate gig on the whole, played in a small club. Silverfuck is an excellent version here, with the last known tease of "When You Wish Upon a Star" thrown in, and some funny vocal improvisations from Billy during the middle section. The show ends with a very quick acapella version of Sweet Sweet. For some humor, listen to Billy's funny intro to Soma and James' rant during the middle of Pissant for an example of how relaxed the band sound.

As for the source, the sound is an excellent closeup audience capture, although with an emphasis on the left channel, probably due to the taper's location in the room and proximity to the left PA stack.
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